Planning permissions for social homes jump by 15%
The number of planning permissions approved for new social homes has increased by 15 per cent in a year.
Figures published yesterday by the Home Builders Federation show there were 7,109 applications for new social homes approved in the third quarter of 2013, compared with 6,171 in the same period last year.
Overall housing planning permissions increased by a third, from 36,525 in the third quarter of 2012 to 48,728 for the same period this year. The figure is the highest number of sites approved since the second quarter of 2008.
Stewart Baseley, chair of the HBF, said the national planning policy framework is having a positive effect as councils have to put local plans in place or risk losing decisions on appeal. He also said the government’s help to buy scheme has led to an increase in build rates. But Mr Baseley added: ‘If we are to see the required increase in supply continue we need to see all local authorities playing their part. Increasingly we are seeing onerous conditions being attached to permissions that unnecessarily delay work starting on new sites.
‘There are now tens of thousands of plots with permission but which house builders cannot start. This is a situation that local government – and ministers – need to urgently address if we are to see recent home building increases sustained.’